Herbs of the Mediterranean
HERBS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
For a healthy life
Their extraordinarily high levels of antioxidants contribute to good health. Oregano is particularly rich in antioxidants and is considered superior when compared to other fruits or vegetables also known for their high antioxidant levels. For example, oregano has 42 times more antioxidants than apples. Other herbs, such as dill, peppermint, and basil contain a relatively high level of antioxidants. Antioxidants can capture free radicals and prevent an excess of these molecules that can cause unwanted chemical reactions. The benefits of a diet rich in antioxidants is diverse, including the decrease in the occurrence of serious diseases such as cancer, heart attack, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s. Many of these herbs were important in ancient times as well as in the early middle ages. Thyme and oregano were well-known remedies in the Roman Empire. Sage and rosemary were herbs that were considered noble plants and were mainly reserved for the upper classes.
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